Jodi Picoult/ Fiction Literary
[★-lost me ★★-average ★★★-worth a read ★★★★-excellent ★★★★★-amazing]
On the surface, it seems like a story about the sisters Kate and Anna, but as you go ahead, you realise it is a story about sisters in general; Kate and Anna, Kate and Anna and Jesse, Suzanne and Sara, Isobel and Julia, and so on.
Kate has an acute and rare form of leukaemia, APL, and Anna has been conceived genetically to function as Kate’s donor in times of emergency, since an unmatched and unrelated donor would be risky to her. After 13 years of having many vital things removed from her body just for Kate’s sake, Anna has enough. Now, with Kate’s kidney failing, Anna is supposed to be giving one of her kidneys to Kate. But thing is, no one’s asked Anna’s opinion on that. Anna decides to sue her parents for rights to her own body. This comes as a shock to everyone, and her mother Sara at first thinks she’s doing it for attention, but Anna is serious and the family is left with no choice but to reply to the petition, and Sara, who used to be a civil attorney before motherhood, is representing the opposing party. What follows is an amazing story about our choices, how much we would give up for those whom we will love, family, and most importantly, sisters.
The characters are so finely written and balanced, you can’t help but feel for each of them. Jodie Picoult has written an outstanding book from the other side of the scene.
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